Trace Minerals: Zinc

chickpeas-spinach_aWe have come to the end of our series from A to Zinc. In this last blog, we look at zinc. Zinc is a fundamental mineral that is essential to human health and it plays a vital role in the development of hormones and immune molecules. It is also estimated that approximately 25% of people are deficient in zinc because of poor diet.

Here are four reasons why you should consider taking zinc:

1. Support Immune Health

Zinc is critical for balancing the immune system. Continue reading “Trace Minerals: Zinc”

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Trace Minerals in Our Diet

trace-mineralsWe have almost reached the end of our series From A to Zinc. So far we have covered five essential minerals: iron, selenium, copper, iodine and chromium. Next week we will finally reach the end and look at zinc. But this week, we will look at the trace minerals we need but are usually easily obtained with diet. These are cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, sulfur, chloride, boron, silicon, vanadium and nickel.


Cobalt is essential because helps treat illnesses such as anemia and some infectious diseases; Continue reading “Trace Minerals in Our Diet”

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Minerals and Why We Need Them

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We have taken a look at vitamins, and now we move on to minerals in our series Vitamins and Minerals from A to Zinc. There are about 3,800 known minerals, 21 of which are essential to the healthy functioning of the human body. An essential mineral is any mineral required by the body for health, that cannot be produced by the body and so has to be provided by your diet. Some minerals, such as lead, are toxic to humans.

Essential minerals can be classified into two groups, microminerals and macrominerals. Continue reading “Minerals and Why We Need Them”

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